My name is Amber.
Faithful. When I think of God – that is my gut response. He is loyal, constant, and steadfast. He has proven himself unshakeable many times over in my story alone.
So which story can I tell of God’s faithfulness? I can start from near the beginning where my unbelieving Dad got stuck in an ice storm on a light pole while doing electrical work. He would have fallen to death or definite serious injury if God hadn’t answered my Dad’s plea for help. My Dad got involved in the church that week. Because of his decision, he affected eternity for generations of souls.
I can tell about when I was eight years old and was baptized in water at the front of my little church telling everyone that my life belonged to God. I can tell about how God was faithful to me even when I messed up and did not put Him first in my life.
I can tell about the angels God had surrounding me when I was a senior in high school and thrown from a 15 passenger van that was rolling and came to a stop just above my body where my bloody handprint rested above the back wheel. Brandi went to heaven that day, but God had more time for me on this earth.
I can tell of my sophomore year in college when I was called to rush home four hours away because my Dad had fallen in a rollerblading accident, hit his head just wrong and ended up in emergency brain surgery and ICU for a week. The doctors said he would never be the same – and I am so glad they were so right. He came out of his coma a changed man excited about God and what He had done that now you can’t get him to shut up about God’s goodness.
I can tell about when Jon, my husband, walked in two weeks after following God’s direction to go part time at work to pursue his golf lesson business and said, “Honey, I don’t have a job.” God took our hands and walked with Jon, me and our 6 month old son as He sold our house in 4 days, found a temporary home for our 2 cats (my babies), and moved us to a dorm with 185 guys as Residence Directors. It was NOWHERE on my radar to move out of my comfortable three bedroom first home into a 700 sq foot, cement walled, no natural light, pole in the middle of the teeny kitchen apartment with 185 loud, smelly, loud athletes – yet when we looked at the little post-it note prayer list of 10 things we asked God for in Jon’s next job – the Residence Director position answered 9 of the 10. God knew that dark, damp, dorm was the perfect place for a seed to grow, and I needed that anonymous time. Those next three years were the biggest blessing that God could have gifted to our family and our marriage.
I can tell you about a women’s conference at our church themed “Dare to Dream” where God called me to quit my full time work-from-home blessing of a job and go cold turkey doing the mom thing and live on Jon’s salary alone. Over the next few years our income became less and less and somehow God provided more and more. I can tell the story of being pregnant with our 2nd child and knowing being Residence Directors was coming to an end but having no idea what was next. We spent four months with a three year old and new baby in my in-laws’ basement while Jon searched for jobs. God had graciously given me a promise and had told me the previous February, “I have the perfect job for Jon; just be obedient.” Then God gave me a verse to hold onto. Romans 4:20-21 (speaking of Abraham regarding God promising him that he would have more descendants than the stars he could count) “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” So, in obedience, it was my job to give glory to God before I had a clue what this job was for Jon. God gave me a devotional from Beth Moore that spoke life into my heart when I was afraid. I held up my fist and counted a finger one by one while declaring – “1. God is who He says He is. 2. God can do what He says He can do. 3. I am who God says I am. 4. I can do all things through Christ 5. God’s word is alive and active in me.” Quoting truth even when my heart quivered was an act of obedience for me. God opened up a job at the same University where we were RD’s – which was yet another huge answer to prayer because in the world of home loans it allowed us the employment background to secure our loan right away. It also allowed Jon to complete his Master’s degree. He started his new position in September, and we closed on our new house the first week in October. The new home itself sings an anthem of God’s faithfulness. During our time in the windowless dorms I prayed for natural light. My 4 year old son declared this morning, “Mom, I love this house because there is a window in every room!” From white crown moldings, to a playroom for my kids, I could list details upon details of the gifts this house has been to me. All because my God is faithful and my God loves me so much – down to the last detail.
Living thru each of these stories was not easy – and many times – not fun. In this world we will have trouble – but take heart! My God has overcome this world. I tell my kids, ‘God created us for a purpose and the big one – the main purpose for why He created us – is to worship Him. He wants to have a relationship with us, and He knows what is best for us. He has great things in store for us.’ It is a privilege to get to praise the God that is so good to me. The God that created the galaxies is the God that I get to talk to anytime, anywhere and trust with my life – with my future.
Because of God’s grace – my story continues. We are expecting our 3rd child in April. We are thrilled but also see much that will need provision, and we don’t know exactly how it will happen. However, I do know my God is faithful, and He is my provider.
I pray that as you read this, if you don’t know God in a way that you feel like you can talk to him anytime – that you would know that you can! He loves you more than you can imagine. He’s waiting for you. He wants to be with you. He is more than faithful.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Philippians 4:12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength.
Philippians 1:6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.